Memory of Nation


Ladislav Kafka (1929)

 Ladislav Kafka (1929)
In life I learnt to trust in providence of the fate

Attitude of Ladislav´s father towards aryanization

“I remember, once my mother came. Women were talking about aryanization in the store. It was quite hot topic back then. She asked my father why couldn´t we do that too. She mentioned the Arco (a therapeutic centre in Trenčianske Teplice, note ed.). I have never seen my father so angry like at that moment; completely mad he was. He told her: ʻStop it! And I tell you, it was the last time you mentioned aryanization in front of me! It´s a larceny!” That was his attitude towards it. Then he said: ‘It´s not normal to do such things. What if they evicted you just because of being a Catholic?’ That was my father´s stand.”

  • born on December 21, 1929 in Trenčianska Teplá
  • sympathizer of the Hlinka’s Slovak People’s Party politics as his father was a local secretary of the Party
  • in 1946 he was arrested due to protesting and a leaflet agitation for restoration of the Slovak State
  • because of political reasons he was dismissed from Trenčín grammar school as well as from the later medical studies
  • 1950 – 1952 he attended correctional military service in Auxiliary Technical Battalions (PTP)
  • in later years he worked as a wages clerk
  • he was involved in numerous innovations and he was a vice chairman of the ROH (Revolutionary Trade Union Movement) for the brickwork industry
  • since 1989 he lives retired in Žilina
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